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HOW TO CHOOSE AN ADI: ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS - Drive iQ

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HOW TO CHOOSE AN ADI:
Surprising as it may be, some parents do very little
research and spend next to no time when selecting a
driving instructor for their child. The norm seems to be
based on personality, a recommendation from a friend,
or an instructor who has a good first time pass rate.
Ask LOTS of questions!
Demand more for your child. The lowest number of
lessons or the quickest first time pass rate, may not
mean the ADI is better than another. Fewer hours
of tuition often means no coaching is given about
potentially life-saving issues such as how attitude and
behaviour affect driving.
You cannot avoid this
truism:
Fewer Lessons = Less
Experience = More Danger.
expert opinion
Minimum European Requirements for driving
Instructor Training (MERIT) Findings:
• Not all aspects of safe driving can be tested
in the driving test. Therefore an efficient
transmission of the key messages for safe
driving is essential.
• The better qualified driving instructors are,
the more they can influence the driving
behaviour of their learner drivers.
• To have driving instructors who are real
safety experts is a basic precondition for
reducing the high accident involvement of
novice drivers on European roads.
• Most importantly, the driving instructor
training and testing curriculum must
correspond to the demands of road safety.
• Not everyone learns best by being told what
to do.
There are NO shortcuts
Of course it is important to find out if the instructor is
fully qualified, the basics – what type of car they use,
do they teach at weekends etc. However, it is far more
important to find out about the individual and their
teaching style.
! beware
Never forget, this is the person an impressionable
teenager may spend up to 40 or more hours with
alone.
Most instructors will not have a teaching, coaching
or psychology background. They may also have
only limited experience in dealing with modern day
teenagers!
Approximately 98% of ADI’s are self-employed, so
regardless of the badge on the side of the car, (big or
small driving school), it’s still about the quality of the
individual.
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In-car Lessons
What does the
government say?
The DSA Consultation Paper 2010:
“The current driving test is seen to focus too heavily on
vehicle control. Recent research shows how attitude,
understanding of risk and interaction with other road
users are important to safe driving. New learning
options can help drivers make a better assessment
of their own ability, develop safer attitudes and drive
more responsibly”
The Transport Select Committee Report, July 2012:
“Driving Test not fit for purpose”
DSA Business Plan 2012/13:
DSA intends to review and modernise the content of
the education, training and testing arrangements so
that drivers and riders have a broader range of skills
and knowledge that enable them to become, and
remain, safe and responsible road users.
Drivers record
1 = introduced
2 = under full instruction
cockpit
checks
COCKPIT
CHECKS
5
safety
checks
SAFETY
CHECKS
5
3 = prompted
date
4 = seldom prompted
5 = independent
boxes 1-4 should
be initialled and dated
pedestrian
crossings
PEDESTRIAN
CROSSINGS
5
dual DUAL
carriageways
CARRIAGEWAYS
5
initials
initials
inst. no
controls
& instruments
CONTROLS
& INSTRUMENTS
MOVING
AWAY
& STOPPING
moving
away
& stopping
safe positioning
SAFE POSITIONING
mirrors
- vision
& use
MIRRORS
- VISION
& USE
SIGNALS
signals
ANTICIPATION
& PLANNING
anticipation
& planning
USE
OF SPEED
use of
speed
date
initials
inst. no
5
date
turning
the THE
vehicle
around
TURNING
VEHICLE
AROUND
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
reversing
REVERSING
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
parking
PARKING
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
emergency
stopSTOP
EMERGENCY
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
darkness
DARKNESS
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
weather
conditions
WEATHER
CONDITIONS
5
date
initials
initials
inst. no
inst. no
5
date
5
inst. no
5
1 = introduced
5
5
initials
initials
date
inst. no
PASSENGERS &
& CARRYING
LOADS
passengers
carrying
loads
5
initials
date
inst. no
date
inst. no
date
environment
ENVIRONMENTALissues
ISSUES
inst. no
5
5 = independent
initials
inst. no
date
initials
3 = prompted
legal
LEGAL responsibilities
RESPONSIBILITIES
date
initials
ROUNDABOUTS
roundabouts
date
initials
initials
JUNCTIONS
junctions
inst. no
inst. no
inst. no
TRAFFIC
otherOTHER
traffic
date
security
SECURITY
5
initials
date
inst. no
You are most likely already aware that the majority of school
subjects have moved away from using a one-off test as the
preferred measure of competency and instead use continuous
assessment compiled over many months. Why? Because
it is the only fair measure, no matter what a students
learning style, thus appropriately grading their ability and
understanding of a subject.
SO WHY SHOULD DRIVING BE ANY DIFFERENT?
The answer is…IT SHOULDN’T!
What do driving instructors
actually teach?
Although you might think it is stating the obvious,
understanding the DSA syllabus is important. As you have
already read, even the official view is that “the driving test
is not fit for purpose”, so does this mean the recommended
preparation for the test is also lacking?
The DSA provides an ADI with a Driver’s Record to track their
student’s progress and readiness to take their driving test. It
is based on the recommended syllabus for learning to drive –
basically a list of 24 key technical skills.
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As you can see, there is NO mention of how
attitude and behaviour or different circumstances
may affect your driving or how to use coping
strategies to address issues such as peer pressure.
So, with 1 in 5 having a crash in their first year of
driving (post-passing the test) and the fact that
an estimated 19/20 crashes are contributed to
poor attitude and behaviour, not lack of vehicle
handling skill. How comfortable do you feel
that this checklist of 24 skills is enough?
expert opinion
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
Young Drivers – where & when they are unsafe:
analysis of road crashes in GB, August 2008
Young driver crashes:
The most likely circumstances:
• Older cars
• 3 or more casualties in the car
• Crashes at night and at weekends
• Driving on wet roads in fine weather, or in
rain, fog or mist
• Minor roads in rural areas with a 60mph
speed limit
• On bends
• Skidding and in some cases overturning
• Leaving the road, and in many cases hitting a
roadside object or entering a ditch
The most common factors:
• Inexperience, poor judgement in more
difficult conditions
• Inadequate car control (single vehicle accidents,
skidding, overturning, leaving the road)
• Lifestyle factors (social driving, peer
pressure, alcohol)
• Economic factors (most likely to have
cheaper, older cars offering less protection)
The results:
The results of this study indicates that
improvements can be brought through
measures aimed at young drivers:
• Including road safety education at the core
of the school curriculum.
• More training and accompanied practice in
using rural roads and driving in a wider range
of conditions.
• More training on how to anticipate and
avoid dangers.
• Insurance companies reducing premiums for
young drivers so they can afford better cars.
• Guiding parents on helping their children to
become safer drivers.
��
RED Driving School
has recently made a
significant financial
commitment to introduce
a new educational
resource to its customers.
This online educational
platform which is to be
launched imminently to
all RED customers,
supports the school’s
in-car tuition and is
especially aimed At helping
pupils understand the
huge impact of attitude
and behaviour on their
driving. As the UK’s most
progressive driving
school, RED is particularly
happy that Drive iQ now
includes a cycling module
to help broaden awareness
for all road users, bringing
better understanding,
education and training
to the widest audience
possible.
’’
Ian McIntosh
CEO, Red Driving School
• Greater emphasis on training and
improvement post-passing the driving test.
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Drive iQ PRO: FREE in-car syllabus
that goes the extra mile
The Drive iQ PRO in-car syllabus works in
conjunction with normal driving lessons. Based on
the official DSA system it covers all the practical
skills needed to pass the driving test. However, it
also goes further (much further)…
• Merges conventional driving tuition with expert coaching
techniques
• Focuses on how attitude & behaviour affects your driving
by using the ethos behind the Goals for Driver Education
(GDE Matrix) see page 21
• Delivered by specially re-trained ADIs – forward thinking
individuals intent on raising their professional and
educational standards
• Provides a further 16 online Drive iQ modules (including
the full bank of theory test questions and practice for the
Hazard Perception test) and 11 practical lesson supports
• Incorporates essential post-test training, night-time &
motorway driving
• Can lead to an Edexcel BTEC Level 2 in Driving Science
qualification
• Can lead to an insurance discount (more on this later)
Like other instructors Drive iQ PRO Coaches charge an
hourly rate for lessons.
There is NO premium for the Drive iQ PRO syllabus.
You simply request the programme when you call up to
book your first lesson.
So where do you find one of
these Drive iQ PRO Coaches…
Go to www.driveiq.co.uk
Our directory includes ADIs from the AA, BSM, RED as well as
hundreds of independents, nationwide.
If there isn’t currently an instructor in your area,
please contact us.
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Drive iQ PRO consists of 5 Units
(1 post-test). It is a self-paced system
that encourages self-awareness and
reflective learning.
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Testimonials
Young people have a
lot going on in their lives –
relationships, exams, all sorts
of worries about things that
matter a great deal to them.
Understanding every journey
is different, is key to a safe
driving life.
PRO Coach
’’
��
My students love the interaction on the computer.
It helps open their eyes (and minds) to a side of driving
they haven’t considered before.
’’
PRO Coach
��
The modules are brilliant and really addictive. I
get to test myself and when I pass a module, I just
want to go on to the next one. The questions really
make you think.
PRO Student
’’
��
My daughter was glued to the Eye Scanning
module, it made her see for herself the importance
of scanning for potential hazards. Her response was
telling, she said she had no idea that driving meant
thinking about more than the actual road ahead and
in the mirrors. After the Distraction module, she said
she would be wary of who she would accompany
in a car.
’’
Parent of a Student
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